Will I get credit for doing research?
Many degree programs at ETSU allow you (even encourage you) to
apply credit hours earned in an undergraduate research experience
toward your degree. For details on whether undergraduate research
can count toward your degree, and how you enroll, talk with a professor
or the chair of your department.
How much time will it take?
The amount of time you dedicate to an undergraduate research project
depends on what you want, the particular project, and the field of
- In the humanities, you may need to spend 4-5 hours per week
in the library and then another 4-5 hours on your own, “digesting” what
- In the natural and social sciences, you may need to spend 9-10
hours a week in the laboratory or in the field gathering data for
the first few months. Later you’ll spend the same amount
of time per week at the computer, writing up your study.
- In the arts, you’ll probably spend 9-10 hours per week,
on average, in the studio, at the computer, or with your musical
Will it interfere with my other classes?
Actually, your undergraduate research experience may help you get
more out of your other classes. But managing your time is important
and another reason why you are working with a Faculty Mentor who
can help you balance your time.
Is this different from a Senior Honors Thesis?
Many departments at ETSU offer an Honors program to qualified and
interested students. All Honors students at ETSU must complete a Senior
Honors Thesis in order to receive an “Honors in …” distinction
at graduation. The Senior Honors Thesis is a written document (with
photos of art or videos, etc.) that represents an undergraduate research experience.
But you don’t have to be accepted in an Honors program to
do undergraduate research. Any student who wishes
to participate in undergraduate research is free to do so. You can
even qualify for “Distinguished in
Research or Creative Arts” when you graduate from ETSU, in
recognition of your successful undergraduate research work.